"Enticing takes on Southern cuisine" figure heavily in a New York Times travel article on "36 Hours in Birmingham, Ala."
Led with a photo of the bar at Highlands Bar & Grill, the article notes that Highlands is one of the five finalists for this year's James Beard Foundation best restaurant award. "Call ahead for a reservation," reports Jim Noles, "but arrive early for a drink at the bar, where fresh oysters on the half-shell (half-dozen Malpeques, $13) whet appetites for such entrees as farm-raised lamb with fresh mint and sweet peas ($31)."
Other restaurants singled out:
- Continental Bakery in Mountain Brook's English Village, "where display cases lined with fresh baguettes, bread and pastries conjure the ambiance of Dijon rather than Dixie."
- Miss Myra's Bit Bar-B-Q, which "makes any [barbecue] aficionado’s short list."
- Hot and Hot Fish Club, where the pork-belly appetizer "combined a melt-in-your-mouth fattiness with just the right amount of crispy skin."
- Brunch at Little Savannah in Forest Park, where "orders of the cranberry-pecan cream cheese-filled French toast ($11) and the crab cake with bacon, creamed spinach and a poached egg ($16) threatened to disrupt the Sunday peace with a lively debate on which selection is better."
The piece also mentions Vulcan (of course), Workplay, Mountain Brook Village, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, the Tutwiler Hotel and the Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa.
Read the entire piece online here.